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Monday, May 14, 2018

The message of the Jerusalem embassy

For the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, President Trump sent his son-in-law and a message to the world: I personally guarantee the security of Israel. Jared Kushner is the father of three of Trump's grandchildren.

Kushner did not shy away from the religious impact. He pointed out that while Jerusalem is, always has been, and always will be the capital of Israel, and that the city and its religious shrines are open to all people.

"We believe, it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give -- so that all people can live in peace -- safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams. Jerusalem must remain a city that brings people of all faiths together," he said.

Trump drew praise from Kushner.

"While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American Embassy once they were in office, this President delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it," he said.

In having him head the delegation, Trump also reassured Arab nations that his son-in-law represents him in peacemaking efforts. Kushner and his wife are highly regarded in Saudi Arabia, which is a key to peace in the Middle East.

Far from infuriating the Arab nations, this move is welcomed. Remember, Iran is not an Arab nation.

But Old Europe is sputtering about the move. I think the Marxists who run Britain, France, and Germany want to become Muslim nations, and believe they must embrace anti-Semitism to prove their faith. Then again, Marxists have a long history of hating Jewish people.

Nadav Shragai of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs explained a week ago the importance of moving the embassy:

  • The United States has hammered another nail into the “coffin” of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution that called for the internationalization of Jerusalem.
  • The Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, and various other countries are considering to follow in the footsteps of the United States.
  • The Christian evangelical sector of American voters was what finally clinched Trump’s resolve to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • The “price” Israel will pay appears to be continued restraint in construction and an occasional building freeze in Jerusalem.
  • The embassy will open in west Jerusalem, with an “overflow” to the 1967 seam-line, which used to be no-mans The United States is effectively saying that there will be no future negotiations over west Jerusalem, but this is not the case with regard to the east.
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan will not be rushing to demonstrate against this move. The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Turkey, however, will attempt to provoke protests.
  • The most likely potential for conflagration is on the Temple Mount. Israeli security forces will attempt to prevent any outbreaks of violence.

The last two items have come to pass. The Arabs likely applaud the move.

Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Dean Heller, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee, as well as 10 Republican congressmen, attended the ceremony.

Not a single Democrat showed. Joe Lieberman, who was kicked out of the party when he sought re-election, was there.

The message to Jews and evangelical Christians from Democrats is clear: we do not want your votes.

Evangelicals view Jerusalem and Israel -- the Holy Land -- as an integral part of Christianity.


  1. The Arabs are all Sunna. Iran (Persian is a different ethnicity) is Shia.

    Iran's ever widening encroachment in Sunna territory has led the Arab nations (Syria being the exceptions because of the hardcore Ba'athist Assads) to forget less important issues.

    In a head-on fight, the Persians have always outclassed the Arabs.

    1. Better change the head on fight status. SA and others have developed exceptional fighting forces and outclass the Iranians. I expect the Yemen war to end soon and the Iranian presence in Syria will be severely degraded. They will be squeezed from all directions both militarily and financially. This will be over soon. You can bank on it.

  2. The USA has just stated that it has ceased to fake-care about the Palestinians. How long before other nations cease to fake-care?

    -Mikey NTH

  3. The US Jews usually vote democrat. They will probably continue. They don't care about Israel.

    1. Right there, Jim. I’m long past caring about American Jews. We Christians are Israel’s besties now, Ironic, huh?

    2. Let's not paint with too broad a brush. Most _secularized_ US Jews usually vote Democrat, true. But most _religious_ US Jews - an increasing percentage - vote Republican.

  4. Quick correction to your second bullet point referencing the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. It is not Bolivia that will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem. It is the other landlocked country of South America: Paraguay. Bolivia is a Chavista socialist hellhole and is not a friend of Israel (or the USA).

  5. Should have been done in 1948. Biggest screw up in Middle East history was that stupid UN Partition Act.

    1. Followed by Mr. Peanut allowing fhe Ayatollah to overthrow the shah.

    2. Carter ruined the Middle East. He had personal animosity toward the Shaw, for unknown reasons.
      A few days before the Reagan landslide he was told he was going to lose and burst into tears along with his wife. No on else present joined the weeping, so little was the regret.

    3. And after that is any reference to it.
      "I am sorry; that was the deal, but you rejected it. Here is the new offer. You may notice that it is a lot less than the original deal. That is what happens when you reject a deal and lose; your bargaining position gets weaker.
      Now, do you accept this deal or do you want to see how weaker your position becomes?

      -Mikey NTH

  6. "My kingdom is not of this world" except for the dispensational pre-millennials. Don't tell them that they are a minority sect within Christianity and do not speak for all "Christians"--nothing more than an ideology that originated in the 1840's purporting to be ancient.

    1. Malone HardcastleMay 14, 2018 at 4:48 PM

      "Minority sect within Christianity?"

      We like to think so.
      "8 For you have only a little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. 9 Look at those who belong to the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews ("Replacement" Theology)but are liars instead. I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I love you."
      "Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    2. Do you mean pre-tribulation?

    3. I have no idea what you are babbling about - dispensational pre-millenials? Never heard of them before.

      Perhaps you could start your own theological blog and then invite us over to read your deep thoughts?

      - Mikey NTH

  7. The General Assembly of the UN regards Jerusalem as an "international city," whatever that means, and so "they" are undoubtedly upset the plaque at the front of the new US embassy to memorialize its opening lists the location of the building as "Jerusalem, Israel". The UNGA never said Israel could not claim Jerusalem as its capital. Rather, it imagined in a two-state solution that, subject to negotiation, Jerusalem would be the capital of both Israel and the Palestinian entity. Would there then be a Jerusalem in Israel and a Jerusalem in Palestine? I guess so. In any case, as far as the US is now concerned, Jerusalem is not just plain Jerusalem. It is Jerusalem, Israel.

  8. More promises kept. Also, Jared Kushner is not an empty suit.